The Big Trek Across the Plains to WA

Sunset and the fire at Kimba

We left the Barossa Valley, passing the distinctive stone houses of this area, through, what looks like, country that has received its share of rain. No barren areas, as was our experience last time we went to the Flinders Ranges – brown land and animal skeletons all the way along.

Headed for Burra, at my request, to once again, buy the now famous ‘salt bush hogget’. Maggie Beer has been praising its qualities for some time now. We cooked the Merino cutlets on a wood fire BBQ the same night and they had an excellent flavour and were extremely tender. YUM

While in Burra, we had to sample the Cornish Pastie, also famous for this area, where mining for copper was the livelihood of he town in the mid 1800s.

Rhys and Heath – can you sot the Magnet Men on this huge eucalypt that we saw?

We stopped at Kimba for the night – very run down for a Top Tourist Park, but we were allowed to have that fire BBQ.

Another cold morning, another early start and arrived at Ceduna at 12noon. Lovely site, with views of the bay, the jetty, guys fishing. Quite a large town – bought supplies and oysters from Denial Bay. Ceduna claims to be “The Oyster Capital of Australia”!  Temperatures have ranged from 5-15 degrees.

The road from Kimba to Ceduna was far more interesting than I expected, with with the classic Russell Drysdale depictions of magnificent Mallees – multi-trunked and loads of spindly branches, with clumps of foliage on the ends of the branches, similar to umbrellas! I’d never tire of that scene. Healthy looking crops, the entire distance too!

At Ceduna the magnet men got a bit excited and tried to climb over the fence of the caravan park to get to the playground as soon as we stopped!

The only down side has been the continuing comment about the dire state of the mouth of the Murray River and the Coorong and lower lakes. Scientific opinion is that unless good rains come before October, native fish will be non existent and these areas will die. Frightening.

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